Poppy Field 2020
1h 21min | Drama | 2021 (Romania)
“Poppy Field” follows the struggle of a young Romanian gendarme, Cristi, who tries to find the balance between two apparently opposing parts of his identity: that of a man working in a macho hierarchical environment and that of a closeted gay person who tries to keep his personal life a secret. While his long-distance French boyfriend, Hadi, is visiting him, Cristi is called in for an intervention at a movie theatre, where an ultra-nationalist, homophobic group has interrupted the screening of a queer film. After one of the protesters threatens to out him, Cristi spirals out of control.
The film was interesting, but it’s short, if you saw LGBTQ+ movies before, prepare because it’s different than you’d expect. Even though the film it’s based on a real story, the main character it’s the typical struggling, internalized, and homophobic homosexual. His job as gendarm plays a big role in it too. The movie has an “useless” scene which I didn’t understood at all (I’m referring to the dog story if you’ll get to see the movie).
The continuing tension I felt while watching the movie makes me think the director did a good job and the main character too. I’m saying this as an homosexual who’s still in the closet: it felt authentic and I’m hoping that this movie will open the path to more LGBTQ+ movies directed by romanians.
I’d definitely recommend to anyone to watch it.
Director: Eugen Jebeleanu
Writer: Ioana Moraru
Stars: Conrad Mericoffer, Alexandru Potocean, Radouan Leflahi
Language: Romanian | English | French
Release Date: 2021 (Romania)
Also Known As: Poppy Field
Filming Locations: Romania
Format : Matroska
Format version : Version 4
File size : 1.53 GiB
Duration : 1 h 21 min
Overall bit rate : 2 689 kb/s